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Contemplatio:Unplug from the World and Plug Into God

2015-08-19 01.29.20 pmBy Jeff Slaughter
Director of the European Worship Institute
This blog is part one of a five-part series.

Psalm 91:1-2
He that dwells- or lives – in the secret place (or shelter – or presence) of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

As worship ministry leaders, we don’t want to be ‘Sunday morning worshippers’, only giving God His due from the platform once a week. We want to live in His presence every day. But often, life gets in the way and we forget that.

What might help us remember to walk more closely with Him?

Here’s a thought:
To live in His presence we have to unplug.

Matthew 26:36
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”

Jesus knew how to unplug. And He didn’t even have wireless internet, a smart phone, or satellite TV! He knew how to get away from the distractions of the crowds and find time to be with God.

If Jesus – who was sinless and without blame before God – found it necessary to unplug from the world to spend time with God, how much more should we do so? We need to make sure that we take time in our day to unplug from the world: family, friends, Facebook, E-mail, texting, and all other distractions – turn them off – disconnect –so that we can spend time in His presence.

It’s a simple but profound thought. How many times do we log into e-mail, check Facebook, text, or talk on the phone during the day? And how much time do we spend with Him? Perhaps we should ‘unplug’ from the world more often and ‘plug’ into God through reading the Bible, prayer and worship.

It’s true: We need to unplug from the world and plug into God every day!

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